Toronto Mike

Smashing Pumpkins 18 Years Later

I've been a Smashing Pumpkins fan since I first caught Cherub Rock on the radio in '93. I jumped on the subway and headed downtown to pick up Siamese Dream and just loved what I heard. What a great album.

I played the mess out of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, and enjoyed Adore, too. By 2000, the Pumpkins were calling it quits and on their farewell tour. It came to Barrie as part of Summersault and I was sure to get a ticket.

I was so disappointed by that 2000 Pumpkins show that it turned me completely off the band. The set seemed short, there was no encore, they barely played their hits and when they did they rearranged them significantly. I thought they were awful.

That bitterness had legs, because earlier this year I said "no thanks" when my wife offered to buy us tickets. I did apply for a media pass, but was rejected by Live Nation early yesterday morning. Then, just before 6pm, I got a message from my buddy Bob. He had an extra ticket. I jumped on my bike and headed east.


From the opening song "Disarm" I knew it was going to be better than 2000. They played a very long set full of their hits and they sounded great. They even covered Bowie and Zeppelin. It was a fantastic night, full of great live music, a wonderful late night bike ride along the lake and the tastiest watermelon I've ever enjoyed.

Smashing Pumpkins

I will say, the Smashing Pumpkins do lack a certain energy live. It doesn't feel like a Pearl Jam or Hip show where the crowd emanates an air of electricity. But the show did indeed rock and I'm glad I got to witness their redemption, 18 years later.

Here's the setlist from last night at Scotiabank Arena:

  1. Disarm
  2. Rocket
  3. Siva
  4. Rhinoceros
  5. Space Oddity
  6. Drown
  7. Zero
  8. The Everlasting Gaze
  9. Stand Inside Your Love
  10. Thirty-Three
  11. Eye
  12. Soma
  13. Blew Away
  14. For Martha
  15. To Sheila
  16. Mayonaise
  17. Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
  18. Landslide
  19. Tonight, Tonight
  20. Stairway to Heaven
  21. Cherub Rock
  22. 1979
  23. Ava Adore
  24. Try, Try, Try
  25. The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning
  26. Hummer
  27. Today
  28. Bullet With Butterfly Wings
  29. Muzzle
  30. Solara
  31. Baby Mine
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